MACHINE OR FREE WEIGHT SQUATS FOR PERFORMANCE?

A new study by US scientists on recreational female athletes has compared free-weight squats vs. machine squats for agility, sprint and jump performance benefits (https://doi.org/10.3390/sports7100215). It concluded that the ‘machine squat training was equal or superior to the machine training’, suggesting that athletes (esp. novice athletes) should not consider machine weight training as an inferior option.
Read more about the pros and cons of machine and free weight training (and how to make both better) in this Peak Performance article: https://www.peakendurancesport.com/endurance-training/strength-conditioning-and-flexibility/strength-training-athletes-free-machine-weights/